alright, i just ordered a BFG Geforce 7300 GT from newegg.. i havent been up-to-date with the current computer related stuff. im just wondering if it's good enough to play CS 1.6, CS:S, Madden, NBA Live, and maybe some BF2. my Sapphire Atlantis 9800 PRO worked really good with all the games listed, so i thought a 7300 GT would be a improvement seeing that the 6800 was supposedly better than the 9800. im also running AGP not PCI-e
Asus AS8-V mobo
Intel P4 L775 2.6 Ghz - Retail Heatsink
2x 512 PNY DDR 400 PC3200
Western Digital Caviar 80GB 7200RPM SATA HD
Fujitsu 120 GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA
Thermaltake 500W Power Supply
and about 5 fans excluding the CPU Heatsink and Power Supply Fan.
eh.. i just want a good value card that's equal or better than the one i have now (Sapphire Atlantis 9800 PRO 128mb).. i plan on playing some games, but not high end like WoW or FarCry and stuff. somewhere near low $100's or lower.
Look on New Egg they haev some great deals on 2600XT cards just check its GDDR3 and has 256 bit bus, they have a really cheap one with a 128 bit bus but that may limit you a bit, still better than the 9800 though. Some 3650 cards on there as well
Well, the 7300GT is a neat little card. It has 8 pixel pipelines at 350 so I suppose it's comparable to your current card, but it isn't in the same leauge as a 6800 series card, except maybee the cheap ol 6800 XT. Even then you can overclock the 6800 XT quite a bit. Far Cry is not high end anymore, and neither is Wow. That 7300GT is not going to be much of an improvement over what you already have.
You are much better off with something like a 3650 card or even an X1650 card. The X1650 cards are a little bit cheaper than the 7300GT and they preform better, but I think you should spend a little bit more to get the 3650.
thanks for the reply guys.. the 7300 GT is enough to play CS with 100 fps and CS:S near 70ish right? or play near that? cause my 9800 did.. as long as it'll play equally or better i dont mind.
Like I said before, the 7300GT will not be much of an improvement over your 9800 and may actually run slower since it has a lower memory bandwidth. Just make sure you run things at SM 2.0. You shouldn't have a problem with the original Counter Strike, but Counter Strike Source may try to use the Shader Model 3.0 abilities of your card which will greatly lower performance. Make sure it is set to the same settings are your current card.